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Sunday: The Grammys

[IMG:L]Grammy Awards — 8/7c on CBS

It’s Oscar night…for the music industry.

Every awards show implores viewers to “expect the unexpected,” but this year’s Grammys might just deliver on that command.

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Aside from the obligatory retrospectives in honor of the Grammys’ 50th anniversary–awards shows love nothing more than an anniversary–excitement could actually be in store for this year’s telecast.

There’s the Amy Winehouse element, first and foremost: The singer and English version of Britney Spears has made headlines over the last few days for announcing that she will, after much doubt, perform via satellite–and amidst her stint in drug rehab. If she performs her hit single “Rehab” whilst in rehab, it’d be a high note for a show that’s typically about as risqué as, well, the nominations/votes. (Indeed, the Grammys might as well bear the subtext “Awards for artists who sell a lot of records.”)

Speaking of which, intrigue also lies in the potential winners and/or losers. Kanye West, who leads the pack with an incredible eight nominations, will likely rush the stage win or lose and is usually good for at least one tantrum. Winehouse is second with six nominations, and Foo Fighters, Jay-ZJustin Timberlake and T-Pain are each up for five awards.

Also performing, other than the aforementioned Winehouse, are Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley and Foo Fighters, who will be backed by an orchestra.

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